Special Event: Drug Take Back

BCSO Volunteers at 2018 Drug Take Back Event

Sorry, the 2018 BCSO Drug Take Back event is over. The Benton County Sheriff's Office usually holds a Drug Take Back Event each spring. This is the only time we can collect unwanted medications. Watch this space for information about the 2019 event.


2018 RESULTS...

This year's event was held on Saturday, April 28, 2018. In a record-breaking year, we collected over 1,000 pounds of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications from approximately 450 households. Twenty-six (26) boxes were collected and maintained in law enforcement custody until they were incinerated.

A special thanks to our volunteer Reserve Deputies who provided law enforcement security for the event and to volunteers from our Auxiliary Team who provided greeting and check-in services to ensure no restricted items were added to the collection. New to the event this year were volunteers from our CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program who handled traffic control. We couldn't have offered this event without the support of our Sheriff's Office volunteers and our agency partners: the Philomath Police Department, Covanta, Benton County Health Services, Benton County Public Works, and Corvallis Public Works.

This event is offered as a public safety service to help keep prescription drugs out of the hands of kids or others who might abuse them. For information on how to safely dispose of unused medications at other times of the year, we encourage you to contact your pharmacist or review the federal guidelines provided on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website.


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BCSO collects over 1,000 pounds of unwanted medications at Drug Take Back Event.
CERT volunteer directs traffic
Volunteers in front of boxes of medications collected.
Auxiliary Team members at Drug Take Back Event.
Reserve Deputy collects medications at Drug Take Back Event.
CERT volunteer directing traffic at Drug Take Back Event.
Auxiliary Team volunteer at Drug Take Back Event.
Reserve Deputies collect medications at Drug Take Back Event.